Some people truly are a waste of oxygen

This man appears to be one of them. Three people were arrested by Kennewick police on Labor Day for having methamphetamine, including a man allegedly caught in a compromising position with an injured beaver. . . . The beaver was hit by a car sometime Monday night, and a woman who found it ran home for a box so she could transport the injured animal to a veterinarian, according to Sgt. Aaron Clem. The woman reportedly returned to the Kennewick park to find a man lying next to the beaver. She wondered if the man, later identified as Delp, was comforting

Continue reading

Casual conversation in the hood

Larry Lambert shares conversations he overheard in the Department of Motor Vehicles in California. It turns out that Willy is in jail for stealing a car. He might be the baby daddy of the lady who sat behind me for almost an hour, talking to other. Then again, there are 13 other possibles and she plans to blame it on a Christian gentleman who she seduced who would not ask for a blood test. He’s employed, which seem (in addition to gullibility) be his only charming attributes. The Christian is a bum lay, but that doesn’t seem to bother our heroin because

Continue reading

While on the subject of politics and corruption . . .

. . . why, precisely, would four politicians be trying to persuade the Justice Department to defy a direct Presidential order and not release full, unredacted evidence that might convict – or exonerate – President Trump of the various and sundry misdeed they allege he’s committed? Legislative branch members: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Mark Warner write a letter today to Director  of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding the executive branch cabinet members withhold information from the White House. Perhaps more stunningly, and extra-constitutionally (meaning outside the framework of constitutional separation of power),

Continue reading

A turtle???

I’m more than a little mind-boggled by this report. The British expat who had [a] dead baby turtle inside her vagina, may have been a victim of a sexual assault, police said. . . . When doctors discovered the dead pet turtle — which caused a “serious infection” in her genitals — they called police last Saturday afternoon, fearing she was abused, ABC reported. The unnamed woman told local police she was out partying with a group of British pals Thursday night in the area of Fañabé beach a few days earlier, but doesn’t remember what happened that night, according to

Continue reading

“Beeramisu”???

Italian foodies are getting their serviettes (napkins) in a twist over tiramisu. It may sound like a confection, but tiramisu recipes are causing controversy in Italy as beer is added to the mix. The country’s foodies fear the mouthwatering mélange of mascarpone cheese, sponge fingers, coffee and chocolate could soon be unrecognisable as organisers of this year’s Tiramisu World Cup are inviting participants to create their own versions of the popular sweet with a twist, adding chilli, onions, wasabi, and even beer. . . . Mr Redi defended adding beer, saying: “I believe it is possible providing you can reduce the alcoholic content.”

Continue reading

Doofus Of The Day #1,030

Today’s award goes to a spider-hunting inadvertent pyromaniac in California. A man who was house-sitting for his parents set their home on fire when he used a blowtorch to kill spiders, according to authorities. . . . “The tenant used a torch like a handheld propane torch to kill the spiders that were around the base of the residential structure, and in doing so some flame from the torch went in between some of the cracks and the siding and into the interior of the wall,” [Lee Wilding, deputy fire marshal with the Fresno Fire Department, told ABC News]. “It started a

Continue reading

Salad on your feet?

I have no desire whatsoever to wear these things. Introducing the “lettuce slide,” a crunchy riff on the ubiquitous Adidas sport sandals from vegan footwear brand Rombaut. The garden-variety wonders dispense with the classic striped band and instead stay on wearers’ feet with what appear to be crisp leaves of Boston bibb. Yum? You’ll need plenty of green to get a pair: The limited-edition rubber kicks are going for $122 — enough to make many people choke on their salads. . . . If you don’t nab one of the 50 available pairs on the brand’s website, don’t lament: With Paris

Continue reading

Doofus Of The Day #1,027

Today’s award goes to the idiot(s) who thought up this product. The San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association posted the photo Monday of a cell phone case very much resembling a gun in someone’s back pocket. “Although a novelty, it will create unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement or whoever uses it,” authorities said. “Regular citizens will see it and call 911, and then law enforcement will respond accordingly for a subject with a gun call,” authorities added. Officials went on to say “someone could potentially get shot depending on their actions when LEOs (law enforcement officers) respond.” There’s more at the link,

Continue reading

Rules for guests in the Old West

Another interesting piece of historical information provided by the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM (which I reviewed yesterday) was this sheet of house rules from its early days.  It made me both laugh and shake my head.  Click the image for a larger view. I’m not sure how authentic some of those rules were, but they certainly have the flavor of the Old West.  As L. P. Hartley observed, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Peter

Continue reading

A terrifying example of why loose loads make for dangerous roads

Having driven a pickup for most of my years in the USA, and covered tens of thousands of miles in them (and similar vehicles) in Africa prior to that, I’ve got a fair old collection of horror stories that I’ve seen, encountered and experienced.  Cargo improperly loaded, loads improperly secured, things coming loose under the stress of travel and falling off, sometimes hitting other vehicles . . . there are any number of examples. The latest comes from Florida.  Click the image for a larger view. A news report adds more details. A driver in Florida is lucky to be alive after

Continue reading